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Global Warming, Climate Change and Impacts in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region

Dr. Le Viet Phu, a new member of the LMPPI and FETP, presented the issues of climate change and potential impacts to faculty members at the Fulbright school. Dr. Phu explained the process leading to climate change, the fingerprint of man-made activities, and potential impacts in the Lower Mekong region. Under even moderate emissions scenarios, the impact would be likely severe, including widespread crop damages due to increased temperature, saltwater intrusion, and changing water flows and precipitation patterns across the region. Sea level rise is going to be the most serious issue due to a low elevation of the Delta, merely 2 meters above the sea level, in addition to unsustainable groundwater extractions for agricultural production which leads to further land subsidence at an alarming rate.